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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Monday July 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (See above).

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Mnozil Brass: Cirque - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £23.00. (£19.00. concs.). A Durham Brass Festival event.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Eilleena @ The Spice of Life.

Eilleena, Rachel Reilly, Paul Pace, David Eisin, (vcls), Geoff Eales (pno), Rik Rickinbok (spelling?) (bs), Simon Pearson (dms), Abram Wilson (tpt).
Eilleena was a name new to me - as was the owner - a bubbly, black, British born, American based, Citizen of the World.
From the opening bars of Perdido the room relaxed and we knew a treat was in store. Next up was Victor Young's Beautiful Love, a moving Nearness of You, an absolutely amazing But Not For Me, Devil May Care, a Ruby My Dear that simmered with emotion, What a Little Moonlight Can Do, Lush Life and Centerpiece.
Eilleena is a total jazz singer who improvises and re-shapes the melody without resorting to scat.
Check her out if you get the chance.
Earlier, Rachel Riley (Reilly?) took us through My Baby Just Cares For me a la Nina, Dinji, God Bless The Child and I Thought About You. She did them good.
Previously, Club Supremo and Compere Paul Pace had opened up the show with a swinging This Can't Be Love. Paul also kicked off the final set this time with You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To that featured a surprise guest - trumpet player Abram Wilson. Both of them swung.
A couple came up from the floor. David Eison dedicated That's All to Eilleena who scuttled down front and sat looking suitably dewy-eyed.
Another girl whose name I didn't catch sang an unaccompanied original (I think) before the lady who had captivated us all returned for a quick blast on Bye Bye Blackbird (with a little help from Abram) before the bell tolled.
Throughout the evening the Geoff Eales Trio provided solid backing. Geoff is an ebullient player, an extrovert, albeit with a leaning to the theatrical at times with his liberal use of quotes - I counted at least four Old Man Rivers! Nevertheless, when he's serious he can really play.
I was glad it was a good evening as I felt more than a little guilty about not supporting Sarah Ellen Hughes down at the Bull's Head - a place full of memories for me.
Likewise, I had to turn down an invitation from Aya at Space Is The Place. It had been a hectic three days and, by this time, the Liddle limbs had become laboured and lethargic.
Deffo next time.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Whilst we appreciate the many emails, texts, messages and other communications we receive requesting album/gig reviews on BSH, regrettably, we are unable to reply to all of them other than those we are able to answer with a positive response.
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Lance